Eastern Cape Region

About the Eastern Cape Region

The WESSA Eastern Cape region covers the entire province but currently most of our membership activity takes place in the Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown metropolitan areas, and their immediate surrounds.

We have a small regional committee that supports the work of our two branches and of several Friends Groups in the region. The committee is chaired by Mervyn Brouard and our regional representative is Jenny Gon, who also represents membership on the WESSA Board. We have recently appointed Ziyanda Mpati as our youth coordinator to engage with the youth in the region. She is currently working with a number of school eco-clubs in the PE area, and is assisting them in organising activities.

We are keen to engage with members beyond PE and Grahamstown so please contact Mervyn at mpb@telkomsa.net if you are interested in becoming more involved with WESSA.

On the 15th of September, the Eastern Cape Region will be hosting the national WESSA AGM. This is also International Coastal Cleanup Day in Port Elizabeth so watch this space!

Eastern Cape Projects

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Eastern Cape Branches

Algoa Bay Branch

The Algoa Bay Branch organizes events around its very relevant focus theme of ‘Know your Bay’. These include monthly beach cleanups, talks on the amazing creatures and features of Algoa Bay, and environmental education events during Marine Week. The branch has recently published the educational booklet Know Your Bay: A guide to the features and creatures of our Algoa Bay Hope Spot. Watchdog activities of the group have included public participation in the Algoa Bay Fish Farm proposal.

Contact Algoa Bay Branch
Martheanne Finnemore
Branch Chair



Grahamstown Branch

The Grahamstown Branch, which has the rabbit’s ears tree (Oldenburgia grandis) as its logo, has been active for many years. The branch organizes regular educational outings and talks, performs an active local watchdog function, and supports local environmental initiatives.

In 2011, the Branch introduced the concept of having an annual Wildlife Experience, which includes the prestigious Jack Skead Memorial Lecture, as well as outings and other events supported by experts. The ‘Wildlife Experience’ events are a highlight in the Branch’s annual calendar and have covered various themes such as Elephants; Mountains; Forests; Oceans and Coasts; and Human Origins.

Local members and supporters are kept informed of the branch’s activities in a monthly newsletter. In 2014, the Branch received WESSA’s Group Award for its sustained support of environmental work through the years.

Contact Grahamstown Branch
Eileen Shepherd
Branch Chair

Eastern Cape Friends Groups

The WESSA Eastern Cape regional committee supports five local Friends Groups who care for several reserve areas and different habitats in the region. These are:

Friends of Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area (FOBWA)

FOBWA promotes the conservation ethos of the area and community involvement with regard to participation, enjoyment, education and safe guarding of all the resources in the area.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOBWA/
Website: http://www.fobwa.co.za/

Friends of St Francis Nature Areas (FOSTER)

FOSTER looks after the nature areas between St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fosterstfrancis/

Friends of Van Stadens (FOVS)

FOVS help with running of the Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FriendsofVS/
Website: http://www.vanstadens.co.za/

Friends of Groendal (FROG)

FROG aim to monitor, improve and protect the environmental health of the Groendal Wilderness Area.

Friends of the Waters Meeting Nature Reserve

This is group has been recently formed in Bathurst to support the local reserve and holds educational talks and outings.

Eastern Cape Gallery

Contact Us

Mervyn Brouard
Regional Chair

Jenny Gon
Regional Representative

Ziyanda Mpati
Regional Youth Coordinator